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Oracle E-Business Suite Patching FAQ for Release 12 (Doc ID 459156.1)

Last updated on SEPTEMBER 18, 2019

Applies to:

Oracle Applications DBA - Version 12.0.6 and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.

Purpose

 

Reference Consolidation Document: Oracle E-Business Suite Patching FAQ for Release 11i and Release 12 <Note 1325930.1>


This document discusses some of the commonly asked questions about patching Release 12 Oracle Applications.

For complete information on patching a Release 12 system, see Oracle Applications Patching Procedures. This new book was created to consolidate all aspects of patching into a single source. You should also review Patching Best Practices and Reducing Downtime, <Note 225165.1>, for tips on reducing the time it takes to apply patches to your system.

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In this Document
Purpose
Questions and Answers
 GENERAL INFORMATION
     How is the maintenance of Oracle Applications simpler in Release 12?  Are patches easier to apply?
     What are codelines? Codelevels?
     How has patch prereq checking improved in Release 12 compared to Release 11i?
     What is a recommended patch?
     What is a patch driver file?
     What is the AutoPatch checkfile feature?
     What are the Oracle Applications patch types?
      What are AutoPatch restart files?
      What is the difference between a multi-node and a shared environment and how is patching impacted?
     What is the AD Features matrix displayed on the AutoPatch screen and in the logfiles?
 APPLYING PATCHES
      How often should I apply release update packs (RUPs)?
      How can I find the latest available Release Update Pack (RUP)?
      Can I apply multiple patches in one operation?
      How do I apply multiple translation patches?
      Can I run multiple AutoPatch sessions at the same time?
      Do patches need to be applied in a particular order? What is a prerequisite patch?
      Do I have to perform all the manual steps associated with a patch?
      Can I automate the patching process?
      How can I track my customizations? What happens to my customizations during patching?
 ASSESSING THE EFFECTS OF PATCHING
      Can I determine ahead of time how a patch will affect my system?
      How do I know what patches have been applied to my system?
      How do I know what files have been updated by a patch?
      How can I find out how much time a patch took to apply? How can I monitor the progress of a patch?
 TROUBLESHOOTING
      If I am applying a patch and it fails, should I simply re-run it from the beginning after fixing the issue?
      Can I restart a failed patch non-interactively?
      If AutoPatch fails during the copy portion of the unified driver, what should I do?
      If a worker fails during the database portion of the unified driver, what should I do?
      What should I do if a worker process is hanging?
      Can I restore my system after the database portion of the patch fails?
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